Julia Salazar is running for NY State Senate as a democratic socialist in the vein of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And while Salazar is as big of a kook as Cortez, she is somehow way more full of shit. Salazar has already been busted for lying about being a Jewish immigrant and impersonating a baseball star’s wife to drain her bank account. Now it turns out she’s been less than truthful about her academic credentials. Salazar lost a major endorsement because she lied about graduating from Columbia University.
The NY Daily News reports:
A good government group has withdrawn its backing of Julia Salazar for state Senate, saying the candidate provided information about her academic credentials that proved to be incorrect.
Citizens Union had previously issued its “preference” — the term the group uses rather than endorsement — for Salazar, whose campaign has been plagued in recent weeks by a series of a revelations about misrepresentations of her past religious and political beliefs and her immigration status.
Salazar’s campaign materials had implied she graduated from Columbia University, but when questioned by the New York Times, she said she had completed her coursework but never graduated.
“Citizens Union is hereby rescinding the preference it expressed for Julia Salazar in the Democratic Primary for New York State Senate District 18. Salazar recently admitted that the information she originally provided to Citizens Union about her academic credentials was not correct, so Citizens Union has decided to express no preference in this race,” said Citizen’s Union chair Randy Mastro.
Don’t worry, according to Salazar’s campaign, this wasn’t a lie, but rather a simple error:
“Julia regrets that an error in her endorsement application led to Citizens Union rescinding its endorsement, but remains committed to working with Citizens Union and others opposed to Albany corruption if elected to take money out of politics and clean up Albany,” said a campaign spokesman.
An error is something like a typo or a slightly incorrect address. She straight claimed she graduated from a university when she hadn’t. That’s something everyone on the outside of the socialist democratic world would call a big fat lie.
Is there anything about this woman that’s real? Here’s a quick primer on how truly full of shit she is:
During her time at Columbia, Salazar — now running as a progressive Democrat of Jewish faith who supports abortion rights and the people of Palestine — was a Christian right-to-life activist who supported Israel. While she had campaigned as a Colombian immigrant, she was born in the United States to an American mother and Colombian father. Her statements about a working class upbringing have also been called into question by statements from her brother and mother who said the family did not struggle financially.
In fact, the family owned a home next door to Mets legend Keith Hernandez — and Salazar was embroiled in a bizarre legal battle with the ballplayer and his ex-wife that included a claim of an affair, which Salazar has denied, and a libel lawsuit involving accusations of drug use, bank theft and pilfered Pottery Barn vouchers.
She lied about being a Columbian immigrant and about graduating from Columbia University? I’m sensing a theme here. Next she’s going to lie about being an astronaut on the Space Shuttle Columbia and having discovered the Columbia River with Lewis and Clark.
The dumbest thing about this line of crap is that there is absolutely no reason for her to make up this stuff that is so easily exposed. All she needed to say was that she’s a socialist kook and the left would have embraced her with open arms.
The thing is, Julia Salazar is pretty much a younger version of Massachusetts Senator Warren and probably has a bright future in the Democratic Party. Salazar pretends to be an ethnicity that she isn’t, lied about her academic career, and has a problem with banks.